Elizabeth appointed Executive Director of the Lyra Society

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Lyra Society Announces new Executive Director
A Letter from the President of the Board, Robert Schwartz

January 29, 2018
Dear Friends of Lyra Society,

Thank you for steadfast support of this small but mighty organization. Last spring, Hilary Hahn, along with students from GLISSANDO! and Play On Philly, gave us an unforgettable performance as we celebrated our 12th year. You have played an essential role in our achievements and the Lyra Society is entering an age of success that Elizabeth Hainen could only dream about when she started the Lyra Society 13 years ago.

On behalf of the Lyra Board, I’m pleased to share exciting news about Elizabeth Hainen, Elizabeth Steiner, and Lyra’s growth and direction. I’m also writing to invite you to save the evening of May 9, at Curtis, for Lyra’s 13th-anniversary bash.

Elizabeth Hainen becomes Artistic Director and Founder
Elizabeth has been everything to the Lyra Society. As chief cook and bottle washer, she created a startup. Elizabeth took time from the playing and teaching the harp to learn Quickbooks, build and maintain relationships with the School District of Philadelphia, and keep the GLISSANDO! and Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony plates spinning. Those are skills Elizabeth never imagined she would need when she began her spectacular career with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Elizabeth has been mentoring and teaching young harpists with a relentless, exhausting ardor.

Now that the Lyra Society has reached the solvent state of a mature organization, Elizabeth has decided to shift her role to more artistically serve our students and you, our patrons. Elizabeth is ready to spend less time on administration and more time on performing and teaching. The Board is delighted that Elizabeth has stepped into her new role as Artistic Director and Founder.

Elizabeth Steiner appointed Executive Director
The Board has selected Elizabeth Steiner to be Lyra Society’s new Executive Director. Elizabeth has been serving as Lyra’s Director of Education while maintaining a busy concert schedule. As a Lyra Teaching Artist, Elizabeth has been teaching a weekly group harp class at Philadelphia High School for Girls, while providing private lessons at Central High and at the Kearny School. She also serves as the Harp Faculty of the Settlement Music School.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her Master’s Degree in Harp Performance at Temple University. There, Elizabeth was awarded a scholarship to study under Elizabeth Hainen. Recently, Elizabeth has performed as principal harp with the Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and Maryland Symphony. We are thrilled that Elizabeth is Lyra Society’s second Executive Director.

This is a busy, fruitful time for the Lyra Society. Elizabeth Hainen, Elizabeth Steiner, and the Board of Trustees thank you for your enthusiastic support.


Bob Schwartz

President, Board of Trustees

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